Stanaway holds on for Race 1 victory

Stanaway holds on for Race 1 victory

26 July 2014 – Richie Stanaway held off the advances of Robert Vișoiu to claim victory in the opening GP3 race of the weekend in Hungary.

Vișoiu had several attempts at passing Stanaway, who was struggling with his tyres, and ultimately ran wide in his pursuit of success and slipped to third place, enabling Nick Yelloly to make it a Status Grand Prix 1-2.

Pole man Stanaway led away from the line but he soon came under pressure from Vișoiu, who rocketed away from fourth on the grid but locked up into the first corner and had to settle for second.

Yelloly held third, while Red Bull youngster Alex Lynn, who bogged down from his front row spot, re-claimed fourth place by going around the outside of Patric Niederhauser at Turn 3.

Stanaway and Vișoiu cleared away at the front, separated by half a second, with Yelloly holding off Lynn, Niederhauser and Emil Bernstorff, who began to spread out as the race turned processional.

But Vișoiu closed the gap to Stanaway with four laps remaining and ran side-by-side with his rival through the first few corners before maintaining his position. Vișoiu tried again with two laps remaining as Stanaway locked up into Turn 3, but again the Kiwi hung onto the lead.

Stanaway was slow as he approached the chicane and ran deep, but Vișoiu used too much throttle, snapped sideways and ran across the grass on the outside, dropping to third behind Yelloly as Stanaway continued.

Lynn was unable to pass the troubled Vișoiu while behind them, Bernstorff took advantage to move into fifth, ahead of Niederhauser, who had to fend off a charging Jann Mardenborough.

Stanaway eventually came home 2.6s ahead of team-mate Yelloly, while Vișoiu crossed the line just two tenths down on the Brit. Lynn beat Bernstorff to fourth, ahead of the Arden pair of Niederhauser and Mardenborough.

Dino Zamparelli claimed the reverse-grid pole in eighth, while Dean Stoneman and Jimmy Eriksson rounded out the top 10.

Sunday's second race at the Hungaroring gets underway at 09:25 local time (GMT +2)

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